I seem to recall reading a few years back that Ford was surprised at the success of the Fusion Energi. They really expected the CMax to carry the PHEV flag. But now it seems that they are slowly turning off the faucet on the CMax Energi, and going down to just the Fusion Energi and Focus Electric.
It's a pity if they do discontinue the car. The reason I bought it was for the form factor, and the largest trunk I could get in a PHEV. Of course, there will be fresh competition coming soon. What Ford *should* do is to create an Escape Energi. But I won't hold my breath.
I was thinking about that yesterday. They would have to modify the Escape factory line, and the Escape is selling well. The hybrid requires a completely different drive train. But also, I don't think they engineered the Escape to account for the hybrid. The last factor is that an Escape hybrid would be heavier and bulkier. I doubt if it would break 35 in town, likely 29 on the highway. That is not a lot of mileage for CAFE.
Toyota has hybridized the Rav4. It will be worth a look when I am in the market if the C-Max isn't available. I don't really care for a lot of their engineering choices, but their hybrids are very reliable, and the HiMh technology is very proven in that regime. Only gets about 32 in town, I would expect about 36 in my driving style.
I don't know, I'm pretty used to the great MPG of my C-Max. I may just stay with it or buy a 2016 at close out when my lease runs out.
Edited by stevedebi, 09 February 2016 - 09:22 AM.